Payments will go directly to farmers who have suffered a 5 percent or greater price loss and who are facing significant marketing costs due to the coronavirus. Eligible commodities include cattle, hog, dairy, specialty crops and row crops.
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service and Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host a webinar on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 1 p.m. ET, for farmers, ranchers and other producers interested in applying for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.
The Producers Partnership in Livingston has to date donated almost 5,000 pounds of beef to local food banks, food pantries and other area community centers.
Congress appropriated $310 billion of additional funding to the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and an additional $60 billion for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Farmers and ranchers are now eligible for the programs, but must act fast.
Following are links to help navigate these difficult times, keeping in mind that programs and the available government relief funds available are every-changing.
"In light of all the Coronavirus challenges going on, we heard there was a shortage of potatoes in stores, so thought it would be good to donate our oversized potatoes to the general public." - Dan Lake, Lake Seed
Montana Farm Bureau is commending the Department of Livestock and the Montana Department of Public Health for their safety guidelines for agricultural activities in our state during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Montana Farm Bureau has joined 26 other state Farm Bureaus in signing a letter to Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting his attention on two important matters: relief to cattlemen seeing increasingly volatile markets and investigating any price manipulation occurring in the cattle industry.